ITC supports calls for all-industry regulator

The Independent Television Commission is adding its voice to the call for a single regulator for the broadcasting and telecoms industry in its submission to the Government’s White Paper on the future of broadcast and communications regulation.

The Independent Television Commission is adding its voice to the

call for a single regulator for the broadcasting and telecoms industry

in its submission to the Government’s White Paper on the future of

broadcast and communications regulation.



The move comes hot on the heels of proposals from the IPA and ISBA,

calling for a single regulatory body to cover both the BBC and the

commercial sector.



In a move that would herald its own demise, the ITC is proposing two

models for reform. The first is an immediate merger of the ITC, the

Broadcasting Standards Commission and Oftel, the regulator of the

telecommunications industry, into a single broadcasting and

telecommunications regulator.



And the alternative proposal involves a two-phased plan moving towards

the formation of a single regulator. In this, the ITC would merge with

the BSC and operate alongside Oftel to regulate the two industries until

the convergence of analogue and digital takes place.



A single regulator would not then be formed until the convergence, which

is likely to be complete in 2010.



Chris Shaw, managing director of Universal McCann, commented: ’The ITC

needs to clarify rules on a number of issues, especially sponsorship,

before it merges into a bigger group that can take on even bigger issues

and decisions.’



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